A Fraction of the Whole

Since I’ve been severely slacking off, what with the move and all, and I’ve read almost forty books since the last time I blogged about it, I’m going to have to break that down into manageable chunks and make multiple posts. I’ve read a very wide variety of things in the past few months. Still heavy on the vampires and other urban fantasy, but with a healthy dose of other things thrown in, too.

First up, is The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch. In case you somehow didn’t hear, this book is about a professor that is diagnosed with cancer and decides to give his last lecture on things he wants his children to know. This lecture ended up being taped, and it turned into this beautiful book. I read this just a short while after Mr. Pausch died, and I recommend everyone read it.

Next up, is Same Kind of Different as Me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. This is another beautiful book. It’s a true story about Mr. Hall and his wife, who get involved in helping the homeless in Fort Worth, Texas, in the Union Gospel Mission, and the impact it has on their lives, as well as the lives they touch. Denver Moore is a homeless man from Louisiana, who grew up as a sharecropper and had no education. The Halls get very involved in his life. This is a very spiritual book, especially after Mrs. Hall gets cancer. I have to admit, I cried throughout the last part of the book. What made it especially touching to me is the fact that it takes place somewhere I am very familiar with, so I felt even more connected with it.

I read Silent in the Sanctuary, by Deanna Raybourn. This is the second Lady Julia Grey mystery. I haven’t actually read the first, but I really enjoyed this one, so I’ll definitely be looking for the other one. It’s set in Victorian England, and someone gets murdered in the MC’s family home. So, she has to work together with an old love interest to solve the mystery, with some of her family members being suspect. Lady Julia is feisty and opinionated, and I really enjoyed reading about her. She’s a strong, well-written character.

Then I read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt. Now, I’m pretty sure this was made into a movie (although I could be wrong), but I haven’t seen it. The book, though, I loved the book. I was drawn into it immediately. I think it was the Gone with the Wind reference at the beginning. How can any book that talks about my favorite book be bad? And I have to admit, I’ve been interested in Savannah since I read Gone with the Wind for the first time. The characters in Garden were so strong and vivid, vibrant really. I loved them. Especially Chablis! She was great. So colorful and wicked. And when the murder trial (the first one) started, that was it, I was hooked. Stayed up half the night reading to find out what happened.

Last up in this group is Mozart’s Ghost, by Julia Cameron. I enjoyed this book. It’s about a medium who has been burned in love before by men that can’t accept her gift, who falls for a pianist that moves into her building. The MC has more than her share of faults, being untrusting, very cranky, and saying ugly things to people. But I liked her. By far the most interesting character was well, Mozart’s ghost, who turned out to be quite a demanding, cheeky bloke (Sorry. Don’t know where the British accent came from.).

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